A chance encounter between a penniless young woman in search of her missing brother and a hobo burdened with a big secret takes both on a journey to Chicago's glamorous yet crime-ridden 1920s, where prostitution, bootlegging, and corruption rule. Separated by fate and reunited by chance, WHERE THE NIGHT NEVER ENDS is an unforgettable tale of courage and perseverance, a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.
When feisty and headstrong Samantha Bruno loses her mother in a freak accident, she decides to search for her brother, Angelo, who didn't return from a business trip to Chicago seven months earlier. It is the year 1924, the height of prohibition, and the city of Cincinnati is in the midst of a deep recession. Narrowly escaping a band of thugs, Sam meets Paul, a mysterious hobo with a big secret. Together they embark on a harrowing journey to Chicago, where Al Capone is building an empire.
Just when it seems their friendship is blossoming into something more, a raid tears Sam and Paul apart. Sam is sold into a brothel while Paul is arrested. Trapped without money and desperate to escape her new profession, Sam realizes she is on her own. Not only to free herself and search for her brother among Chicago's three million residents, but also to do the impossible—find Paul.
During his hearing, Paul learns that his father, a wealthy Chicago inventor, is on his deathbed. The judge, an old family friend, gives Paul an ultimatum. See your father or go to jail. Reluctantly, Paul returns home, where he finds that his decision to run away seven years earlier was based on a terrible mistake.
Narrated in alternating chapters by Sam and Paul, with rich historical detail, complex characters, and stunning prose, award-winning author Annette Oppenlander once again delivers a touching novel that lets us imagine what it was like to live and love during the roaring 1920s.
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About the Author
Annette Oppenlander is an award-winning writer, literary coach and educator. As a bestselling historical novelist, Oppenlander is known for her authentic characters and stories based on true events, coming alive in well-researched settings. Having lived in Germany the first half of her life and the second half in various parts in the U.S., Oppenlander inspires readers by illuminating story questions as relevant today as they were in the past. Oppenlander’s bestselling true WWII story, Surviving the Fatherland, was a winner in the 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards and a finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards. Her historical time-travel trilogy, Escape from the Past, takes readers to the German Middle Ages and the Wild West. Uniquely, Oppenlander weaves actual historical figures and events into her plots, giving readers a flavor of true history while enjoying a good story. Oppenlander shares her knowledge through writing workshops at colleges, libraries and schools. She also offers vivid presentations and author visits. The mother of fraternal twins and a son, she recently moved with her husband and old mutt, Mocha, to Solingen, Germany.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was such an intriguing, emotional roller-coaster ride! I felt instantly connected with the characters; their despair, their anguish, their heartbreak, their hope, their aspiration, their passion, and their triumph! This is the second book I’ve read from the incredible writer, Annette Oppenlander. A couple years ago, I had the privilege of reading her book, “Surviving the Fatherland,” and I totally loved it, so I was very excited to read her latest work, “Where the Night Never Ends.” Mrs. Oppenlander’s writing continues to improve and grow with each book! I know she will be an author I will continue to read over the years! This book also focuses on the hardships and the sufferings that went on during the Prohibition Era of the 1920’s. During this time when Al Capone was building an empire, and Chicago was infested with crime and corruption. It was overwhelmingly saddening to read the torment and agony that was instilled upon the city. The author does not hold back any punches and tells you as it was for the abuse and mistreatment of the usually overlooked folks. Mrs. Oppenlander has a style of writing that thrusts the reader into the story and makes them feel like they too, are walking those cold, dark, Chicago streets alongside the characters. I really liked the main characters, Sam and Paul. They were likable, kind, and genuine. Sam was tough, feisty, daring, and persistent. She had already lost everything, so she was gusty – she had nothing else to lose. Paul was mysterious, brave, courageous, compassionate, and considerate. He was protective of Sam and truly wanted to keep her safe. I liked these two characters together and even though it may seem odd that they bonded so fast, I think with all the drama, stress, loneliness, and tragedy, they both needed someone to lean on and they found each other, and it just worked. I think the author did a fantastic job on her character development as these characters were so real and personal on many levels. I really liked the in-depth amount of research the author did while constructing this book. It was clear she was very familiar and well-versed on the culture, customs, and traditions of the Prohibition Era 1920’s America. This is honestly not a time-period that I am very familiar with. However, the author provided so much detail and such vivid descriptions it made the scenes easy to picture. I enjoyed the history lessons that were weaved throughout the book and learning more about the Prohibition Era, the roaring 1920’s, and old Chicago. Mrs. Oppenlander found a way to include accurate, historical content that was fun, intriguing, and educational. I really liked that she used real-life characters and events in the book to help set the tone and create an even stronger and more realistic ambience. All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend not only this book, but this author as well! I was truly impressed with the quality of writing, intriguing storyline, and excellent character development! I will definitely be continuing to follow this author and check out her upcoming books! I think all historical fiction readers will like this book too! So, be sure to add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
I enjoyed this story although I felt it dragged a bit in places. It was very gritty but had its moments of innocence. I liked Sam's determination to do what she felt was right as well as her doggedness to survive. The hardships she went through did not break her. Paul was also a survivor, and I liked his protectiveness, smarts, and willingness to admit to mistakes. The setting in 1920's Chicago revealed both sides of the times. I received a copy of this story through Goddess Fish Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.
I thought Where the Night Never Ends was a pretty good read. It was interesting to be taken back in time to 1920s Chicago. I enjoyed Sam and Paul’s story. It involves adventure, action, danger, mystery and suspense. I could not predict what would happen next with them. I give Where the Night Never Ends four and a half stars. I love the bravery, hope, and redemption of the book. It is not one to be missed. I recommend it. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
It is 1924 and Sam has just lost her mother. The only other family she has left is her brother Angelo. He left to go to Chicago seven months earlier and has not returned. With nothing else Sam decides to go to Chicago to find him. On the way she meets Paul a hobo with one heck of a past. Although Chicago is one of the last places he wants to go he goes along with Sam to keep her safe. Unfortunately they are captured in a raid where Paul is arrested and offered the choice to go home or go to jail. Sam gets sent to a brothel and has no plan on becoming a prostitute. Sam plans of breaking out while trying to find both Angelo and Paul. Paul has his own past to face yet can’t get Sam out of his mind. Prohibition seems to have become glorified with Al Capone and the bootleggers. But you don’t really get to see the view points of those that struggled daily and hourly to survive during this time. This story will transport you to the less spoken of people. My heart broke for Sam but she is a strong woman and determined to get to her brother. She goes through hell but she doesn’t break down crying and hoping someone will come save her. Then there is Paul. I didn’t expect that turn of events and just came to love him more. This is a fantastic historical story that I recommend to anyone that likes the prohibition era. It is extremely descriptive and draws you into this dirty and harsh world. This is a great story and one you need to check out. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.